This is the first ever comprehensive literature review that looks at the Māori midwifery workforce and midwifery education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Authored by Dr Hope Tupara and Megan Tahere, the literature review was completed for Te Rau Ora who are working in partnership with Ngā Māia Trust and Counties Manukau Health to develop an evidence base to inform Māori workforce development priorities with a focus on Māori women, babies, children and whānau. Rapua Te Aronga-a-Hine was published on International Midwives Day, May 5th 2020, during International Year of the Midwife.
Authored by Dr Hope Tupara and Megan Tahere, this report summarises evidence and recommendations arising from the project, Te Aronga-a-Hine which was commissioned by the Ministry of Health in Aotearoa New Zealand to inform workforce priorities for Māori women, babies, children and whānau.
In April 2020 Tieki Consultancy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau that focuses on advancing research priorities that will assist in developing evidence and knowledge of Māori childbirth traditions to inform Māori midwifery practice. The partnership enables members of Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau to engage in research conversations and activities, and build research capacity while maintaining their clinical practice presence amongst Māori women, babies, and whānau. Ngā Māia ki Tāmaki Makaurau closed their charitable trust in January 2021 and the members established a new organisation called Te Wakahuia o Hine, and the existing MOU was amended to reflect the changes.
In May 2020 Dr Hope Tupara and Megan Tahere were awarded an HRC Research Activation Grant to undertake research on Māori Uho Kuku Apparatus (MUKA). Midwives use a number of consumable products for their clinical practice, which includes sterile plastic umbilical cord clamps and cord clamp cutters. About 60,000 births occur in Aotearoa each year and clamping the umbilical cord is common practice for almost every birth. Māori have a long history of using muka fibre extracted from Harakeke for occluding the umbilical vessels. However, muka is not a recognised option provided by district health boards (DHBs) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is invisible in the Crown's procurement operating model and procurement strategy for all DHBs. This research involves two activation activities, a literature review and relationship development. The future plan is a randomised controlled clinical trial comparing the plastic umbilical cord clamp and MUKA.